Blue Is the Warmest Color
2013 | LGBTQ | In French with English Subtitles | 179 minutes
Adèle is an introverted 15-year-old high school student who is sexually ambivalent. Her sex experience with Thomas, a high school friend, is a total disappointment. Her gay friend Valentin, sensing her confusion, takes Adèle to a gay dance bar. Adèle meets Emma, an art student and painter with blue hair. They connect. There’s that first kiss at a picnic and before long they begin a passionate love affair. The relationship then fast-forwards to the two women now living together. Adele is a teacher in an elementary school while Emma moves ahead with her painting career. Sadly, the two start to drift apart and the relationship breaks up. Adèle is devastated. Emma reassures Adèle that she will always have a soft spot for her but the relationship has to end. Some time later, Adèle attends Emma’s new art exhibition. Adele congratulates Emma on her success, but can it ever be the same again?
Léa Seydoux (Emma) / Adele Exarchopoulos (Adèle) / Jérémie Laheurte (Thomas) / Sandor Funtek (Valentin)
Why Stream This Film?
Steven Spielberg, the president of the Cannes Jury awarding the Palme d’Or to this film, stated, “The film is a great love story that made all of us feel privileged to be a fly on the wall, to see this story of deep love and heartbreak evolve from the beginning.” Enough said.
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 89
- Metacritic Score: 88
Cannes International Film Festival: Winner, Palme d’Or; Best Director (Abdellatif Kechiche): Best Actresses (Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos)
Golden Globe Awards and BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
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Young love is a familiar subject, but BLUE IS the WARMEST COLOR is something rare. It captures the urgency and ease of first love, its romanticism, its physicality, its desperation, its ecstasy, and the way the memory of first love can linger into later life. The most important thing to know is that it’s the most emotionally moving film to come along in years. Make no mistake, the film constitutes a breakthrough, in addition to being the best film of 2013.
Once in a while a movie comes along that doesn’t just affect how you think or feel, it performs its own kind of physical alchemy, burrowing its way into your consciousness so thoroughly that you feel permanently marked and changed. BLUE IS the WARMEST COLOR, a long, sprawling, boldly immersive coming-of-age drama, works just this sort of magic.
Abdellatif Kechiche’s epic film evokes love in its purest and most passionate form—intense, cataclysmic and unforgettable.
From this simple, not especially unique love story, Kechiche has fashioned an intimate epic in every sense of the term.
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